Dec 2, 2015
Rüsselsheim. Euro NCAP has confirmed the integrity of the new Opel Astra’s total safety concept. In its latest safety ratings published today, Euro NCAP awarded the new Astra the maximum five stars. The all-new compact five-door hatchback from Opel achieved high scores in each of the categories assessed – adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist.
Opel’s safety objective for its passenger cars and light commercial vehicles is optimized protection in real traffic and collisions. The new Astra is no exception and the basis is provided by the integrated concept of its passive and active safety systems.
The stable passenger compartment is designed for the least possible deformations and the largest possible survival space in crash conditions. To accommodate the impact energy in case of a crash, the front, sides and rear of the passenger compartment are surrounded by energy absorption zones that deform and protect in a controlled manner.
The new Astra’s high standards of adult, child and pedestrian protection are complemented by state-of-the-art active safety and driver-assistance systems.
Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist not only warns the driver, but also applies a gentle nudge of corrective steering if the new Astra should stray out of its lane. Frontal collisions can be avoided or mitigated thanks to Automated Emergency Braking, Integrated Brake Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indication. The collision warning system is optimized by a row of flashing red LED lights, which are projected onto the windscreen in the driver’s field of vision if the distance to the vehicle in front gets too small and a collision is imminent. The data for these systems is collected by the new Astra’s single (mono) camera, installed at the top of the windscreen. The new Astra is the first compact car with a mono camera from a volume manufacturer and it is also the first Opel providing assisted braking with data received only from the camera.
The new Astra’s active safety and driver assistance systems are completed by Side Blind Spot Alert (which uses the ultrasonic sensors of the Park Assist system to warn of hidden dangers when changing lanes, overtaking or turning corners) and IntelliLux LED® matrix light. This advanced lighting technology automatically adapts to the current traffic conditions and always offers the best possible illumination.
In addition to driver, occupants and other road users, the new Astra also offers “five star” protection for the driver’s wallet and driving licence. Traffic Sign Assist continuously monitors the data provided by the mono camera and compares it with information from the embedded navigation of the Navi 900 Intellilink infotainment system. Speed limits are then displayed to the driver in the instrument cluster, reducing the risk of speeding tickets.
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